Arundel shuts out Old Mill, 4-0 Loss in county title game rouses snoozing Wildcats

Boys soccer

October 29, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Four different players -- Kyle Beckerman, Mike Brady, Jordan Hoyt and Jon Donahue -- scored as No. 12-ranked Arundel (13-2) bounced Old Mill (8-5-2) from the 4A East region playoffs, 4-0, in Gambrills last night.

Arundel earned every goal against Old Mill's superb keeper Alan Gowing, whose 14 saves kept the score from being worse.

The quarterfinal victory advances Arundel to Saturday's region semifinals at Chesapeake in Lake Shore. Arundel will meet the North County-Westminster winner.

Arundel is seeking its first spot in the state final four since 1987 and looked like a team capable of making a serious run at the region title. That's precisely the way this team looked early on until being derailed by Chesapeake, 5-0, in the Anne Arundel County championship game a week ago.

The Wildcats coasted through their county league season, going 10-1 overall with their only loss by 1-0 to Severna Park. Listless victories over Broadneck, 1-0, and Annapolis, 4-2, carried the Wildcats into the county championship game, where they were humbled by No. 8 Chesapeake.

It was not the way 20-year coach Nick Jauschnegg hoped his team would be playing going into postseason. The Arundel coach remarked after the championship embarrassment that someone on the bench said that "maybe this is our wake-up call."

Obviously it was.

"This is as good as we've played in quite a while," said Jauschnegg last night. "It happens to college and professional teams. Sometimes you have off nights, play poorly and the other team plays well and you get your rear end kicked, like what happened to us the other night. You just forget it."

Beckerman, the county's leading public school scorer as a sophomore, notched his 12th goal of the season on a feed from junior Derek Wratchford just over 30 minutes into the first half.

Matt Hunter assisted Mike Brady eight minutes into the second half, and Jordan Hoyt's shot into the right corner with just over 20 minutes left made it 3-0. Any hopes of an Old Mill miracle dissipated when Beckerman hit Jon Donahue on a cross, making it 4-0 with 12: 29 remaining.

"Their speed in the midfield really hurt us, " said Old Mill coach Jim Griffiths. "Their midfielders ran by our midfielders all night long. We were missing one of our starting defenders for disciplinary reasons and that didn't help."

That put added pressure on Gowing, who was faced with a bevy of one-on-one situations. Gowing responded with several spectacular saves.

Gowing, who was named All-County by the coaches, had little chance on any of the goals and his outstanding play gave Old Mill heart.

"I hate to see him go out on this note," said Griffiths, who turned a 4-10 team into a winner. "We pretty much took it for granted he would have a great game every time out."

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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